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Area baseball: Grand Island advances in NYS American Legion play

The Grand Island team is still alive in the New York State American Legion baseball tournament in Utica.

The squad defeated Binghamton Post, 13-1, in a loser’s bracket contest on Friday afternoon. GI picked up five runs in the first inning to take control.

Brendan Sheehan (Grand Island High School) had three hits and drove in three runs, while Art Neaney (Grand Island) had two hits and 3 RBIs. Chris Ewing (Niagara Falls) threw a complete game to earn the win.

The win came after a tough loss on Thursday night. In a game that didn’t start until 10:30 p.m. because of rain delays during the day (the contest ended at 2:15 a.m.), Grand Island dropped a 12-10 loss to Rockland in 11 innings. GI couldn’t hold a 10-3 lead after seven innings.

Grand Island goes back to work today in the final round, starting at 1 p.m.. The team must beat Rockland twice today in order to claim the state title. A second game if necessary, would immediately follow the first game. GI will start Lou Destino (Lewiston-Porter), who earned a win in the tournament on Tuesday, in the opener.

In other local baseball action, the New Era MUNY AAA playoffs continued in a pair of locations on Friday in the round-robin portion of the competition.

At Orchard Park High School, JAMCO doubled up Team Deb, 6-3. Matt Wietlespach and Brian Barry had home runs for JAMCO, while Corey Paige was the winning pitcher after throwing six innings of relief.

At ECC North, Damian Towers spun a three-hitter in Orvilles’ 7-0 win over Battistoni Diesel. Brendan Toughey went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored for the winners.

Four games will be played Saturday to finish up that section of the playoffs. The semifinals will be staged Sunday morning, followed by the final later in the day. The winner heads to Battle Creek, Mich., for the next round.

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